Check It Out - April 23, 2017

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Live Well

Live Well @ Your Library

Now that the days are getting longer, it’s a great time to think about taking a little time for yourself with a free wellness workshop at the Madison Public Library. We’re here to help you move more, try new recipes, make the most of gardening season, and more.
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Selected Spring Wellness Programs


Green Thumb Gardening series

Dane County UW-Extension Master Gardener volunteers will be giving gardening presentations at the Sequoya Library. All programs will begin at 6:30 pm and participants must register for each event separately beginning two weeks ahead of that event. Call 608-266-6385 for information.
April 26: Growing Tomatoes in Dane County [register]
May 10: Container Gardening [register]
May 24: Healthy Houseplants [register]
Sequoya Library - Wednesdays, April 19, 26, May 10, 24, 6:30 pm
Let’s Move!
A fun and active fitness class for children ages 18 months to five years and their parent or caregiver. Learn songs, games, and exercises that can be used on a daily basis. Mindfulness, wellness, and self-esteem are also emphasized. Teacher Venus Washington, owner of R U Fit Fitness Company, is excited to share her tips and knowledge with you! Register by phone at 246-4547 or online beginning Monday, April 17.
Lakeview Library - Mondays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 11:30 am
Library as Retreat Space 
A weeklong series of programs and workshops dedicated to mindful creativity, in partnership with the Bubbler and community partners. More info and full schedule: 
Central Library - Monday, May 1 - Sunday, May 7

Sunday Jazz at Sequoya

Sunday Jazz at Sequoya

Stop by Sequoya on Sundays to enjoy live jazz performed by local area musicians.  Performances will be in the open area in the middle of the library; performances are 1:30-3:30 with a set break in the middle. Produced in partnership with the Madison Jazz Society with funding by Friends of Sequoya Library.

April 23 - Midtown Jazz
April 30 - Michael BB Trio
May 7 - Bob Kerwin Quartet
May 14 - The June Dalton Gang


Share the Word

Share the Word is a gathering of Madison-area poets, writers, spoken word performers, hip hop artists, and storytellers that will bring the Madison writing community together to share ideas, showcase their works, and spawn innovative collaborations.

Central Library
Friday, May 5

5:00pm - 6:00pm - Social Hour with Refreshments
6:00pm - 7:30pm - Program and Readings

Register online or call 608-266-6300.

Share the Word is a Library Takeover event funded by Madison Public Library Foundation.


Upcoming Events

Doors Open Madison
Sunday, April 23, 11am-4pm - Central Library and Downtown Madison

Poetry Writing Workshop
Monday, April 24, 5-6:30pm - Hawthorne Library [register]

Congressional Art Competition Reception
Monday, April 24, 6:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Kids Code Madison
Monday, April 24, 6-7pm - Pinney Library

The Supper Club
Tuesday, April 25, 6pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Rap Sessh
Tuesdays, April 25-May 30, 3-5pm - Meadowridge Library
Thursdays, April 27-May 25, 3:30-5:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library
Wednesdays, May 3-31, 3:30-5:30pm - Lakeview Library

Growing Wisconsin's Creative Power: A Community Conversation
Tuesday, May 2, 7-8:30pm - Central Library

Friends of Monroe Street Library Book Sale
Saturday, May 6, 9:30am-4:30pm

Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 6, open hours - all Madison Libraries

Stories & Sweets
Saturday, May 6, 10:30-11:15am - Hawthorne Library

Listen to Your Grandmothers: Raging Grannies Book Launch
Sunday, May 7, 1:30-4pm - Central Library

Namaste Madison
Saturday, May 13, 10am-5pm - Central Library


Featured Books



The Education of Kevin Powell
by Kevin Powell

In the spirit of Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Piri Thomas’s Down These Mean Streets, this powerful memoir by writer and activist Kevin Powell vividly recounts the horrific poverty of his youth, his struggles to overcome a legacy of anger, violence, and self-hatred, and his journey to be a man and a voice for others. Driven by his single mother’s dreams for his survival and success, Kevin Powell became the first in his family to attend a university, where he became a student leader keenly aware of widespread social injustice. But the struggle to define himself and break out of poverty continued into adulthood, with traumatic periods of homelessness and despair. As a young star journalist with Vibe magazine, Powell interviewed luminaries such as Tupac Shakur, writing influential chronicles of the evolution of hip-hop from his eyewitness view. Now, with searing honesty, Powell examines his troubled relationships, his appearance on MTV’s first season of The Real World, his battles with alcohol and depression, his two campaigns for Congress, and the uplifting trip to Africa that renewed his sense of personal mission. Finally, Powell embarks on a search for the father he never really knew in a redemptive passage from abandonment to self-discovery. A striking memoir by a child of post-Civil Rights America, The Education of Kevin Powell gives eloquent testimony to the power of the soul to heal.
Kevin Powell will speak and sign books at the Central Library on Friday, April 28, 7pm.

Pandora's Lab
by Paul Offit

What happens when ideas presented as science lead us in the wrong direction? History is filled with brilliant ideas that gave rise to disaster, and this book explores the most fascinating—and significant—missteps: from opium's heyday as the pain reliever of choice to recognition of opioids as a major cause of death in the U.S.; from the rise of trans fats as the golden ingredient for tastier, cheaper food to the heart disease epidemic that followed; and from the cries to ban DDT for the sake of the environment to an epidemic-level rise in world malaria. These are today's sins of science—as deplorable as mistaken ideas from the past such as advocating racial purity or using lobotomies as a cure for mental illness. These unwitting errors add up to seven lessons both cautionary and profound, narrated by renowned author and speaker Paul A. Offit. Offit uses these lessons to investigate how we can separate good science from bad, using some of today's most controversial creations—e-cigarettes, GMOs, drug treatments for ADHD—as case studies. For every "Aha!" moment that should have been an "Oh no," this book is an engrossing account of how science has been misused disastrously—and how we can learn to use its power for good. Paul Offit is a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine that has been credited with saving hundreds of lives every day. Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.Paul Offit will speak and sign books on Wednesday, May 10, 7pm, at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum.

by Scott Turow

Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped to examine the disappearance of an entire Gypsy refugee camp – unsolved for ten years – he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career. In order to uncover what happened during the apocalyptic chaos after the Bosnian War, Boom must navigate a host of suspects ranging from Serb paramilitaries to organized crime gangs to the U.S. government, while also maneuvering among the alliances and treacheries of those connected to the case: Morgan Merriwell, a disgraced U.S. Major General; Ferko Rincic, the massacre's sole survivor; and Esma Czarni an alluring barrister with secrets to protect. As the story stretches across continents, Bill ten Boom finds himself based in a new country, far from home, starting over. As questions of responsibility, patriotism, and possible corruption within the U.S. Military converge, Boom’s once quiet life is upended in both alarming and exciting ways. Complex and surprising, Testimony confirms once again why Scott Turow is known as the master of the legal thriller. Scott Turow is the author of ten best-selling works of fiction including Innocent, Presumed Innocent and The Burden of Proof, and two non-fiction books including One L, about his experience as a law student.
Scott Turow will be reading and signing books at the Central Library, Saturday, June 3, 7pm.  Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the first 75 people in line will receive a copy of Scott Turow's new novel, Testimony. This special event is presented by Stafford Rosenbaum and Stonehouse Development, with special thanks to the support of Andrew Clarkowski, Foley & Lardner, Godfrey Kahn, Habush, Habush & Rottier, Jackson Lewis, The Law Offices of William F. White, Stroud, Willink & Howard, Turke & Strauss.